Mollywood’s favorite filmmaker Lal Jose is an avid traveller who is passionate about exploring new places and cultures. Recently, the director undertook a mesmerizing journey through the same paths that he had taken 22 years ago. The sweet memories of an unforgettable trip had accompanied him when Lal Jose walked through the mesmerizing mangrove forests at Paichavaram near Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu.
Those who watched the 1995 super hit Mohanlal starrer 'Maanthrikam' wouldn’t easily forget the extremely enchanting mangrove forest which had significance in the climax of the film. The scenes shot here were definitely the highlights of the film. Lal Jose worked as an associate director on the sets of 'Maanthrikam' which was directed by Thampi Kannanthanam. Recently, the 'Velipaadinte Pusthakam' director had shared a video on his Instagram account, in which he is seen walking through the serene mangrove forests in Pichavaram, sharing some of the most beautiful memories from the sets of 'Maanthrikam.'
Pichavaram is 13 km away from the famous Nataraja temple in Chidambaram. It is a marshy land where mangroves are grown in abundance. Like a smooth flowing brook, the mangrove forest and the water path in between too are spread out into many tributaries. Boating is arranged for those who wish to experience the beauty of the mangrove in its full glory. This place is truly a paradise for bird watchers, as it is home to some rare avian species, both migratory and local. The aquatic life here Is rich too.
The Tamil Nadu government has declared the mangrove forests a protected site. The inherent charm of the place must not get lost in the name of development. The water path between the thick mangrove forests gets too deep during high tides, so it is safe to walk through it or to enjoy a relaxing boat ride.
Lal Jose’s Instagramm video, which became viral on the social media, will surely have excited many travel enthusiasts to plan their next trip to the beautiful mangrove forests at Pichavaram.